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NIPSCO outage affects 6,000 here

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More than 6,000 Duneland homes and businesses were without power--or with only intermittent power--into the early evening on Tuesday, after a transformer at the Dune Acres substation failed, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company said.

NIPSCO spokesperson Kathleen Szot told the Chesterton Tribune today that the first reports of outages were made between 2 and 2:30 p.m., after a malfunction of some kind occurred in that transformer. “We still don’t know why,” Szot said.

Normally, the affected customers would then have been routed through the Chesterton substation, Szot noted, but several weeks ago an issue developed in that facility’s transformer and it was off-line at the time “for a major upgrade.”

Attempts were next made to route customers through a second backup source but, given the extreme heat of the day and the load on the system, “the system wouldn’t let it support” those without power, Szot said.

At 5:40 p.m. NIPSCO’s power outage Website showed more than 2,000 without power in Chesterton and more than 4,000 without power in Porter.

All customers, however, were back on the grid by 7 p.m.

Today the Website showed exactly one Chesterton customer without power.

Szot was hopeful that the Chesterton substation will be returned to service by the weekend and said that it’s now being monitored on a 24-hour basis. She also said that NIPSCO is aware of the “inconvenience” which outages present to customers during hot spells.


Posted 8/28/2013